I love books. All books, including our homeschool books, but a recent experience has taught me that not all people may have the same level of reverence for the printed and bound word. I’ve learned that I need to be very cautious taking our books out into public.
Our community offers lessons for homeschool students. It’s a wonderful chance for the kids to have fun, meet new friends, and learn some skills. It also gives me time to catch up on some reading or do a little writing. I’ve been ordering all my new curriculum for the fall, and since this is still so new to me, I really wanted to read the new books. Especially the math ones, which are a cool, literacy based, critical thinking, graphic novel style workbook called Beast Academy.
They are super cool!!!
Now I’m a book lover. There is nothing better than that first time you crack open a new book, the spine giving that little snap as it moves and stretches its wings for the first time. I love that moment.
This is even more true with our homeschool books which tend to have so much to offer and also are quite expensive. I treat them with a reverence and a sense of honour that I feel every book deserves, but the books filling our brains with knowledge get a little extra special love. Plus, from a financial perspective I want these books to last for both my boys.
A few days ago, I brought the first Beast Academy book with me so I could do some reading and start preparing my plans for the fall. A fellow homeschool mom came over and asked to see this funky new book. I happily showed it off and told her about the program and how great it looked. Then another mom came over and wanted to see it as well.
As we chatted she opened the book, placed it on the table then smooshed her hand along the binding forcing it open all the way.
It creaked and squeaked.
I almost went into a panic attack.
I couldn’t believe what she was doing!
My book! My poor book! She was breaking the spine!
I stared in horror, picturing those pages loosening from the binding. My precious book falling apart.
When they finally left I closed the book carefully and spent the rest of the lesson carefully caressing the spine, apologizing over and over for the manhandling it had just received.
And I promised to never again bring it to a public place where it might be abused again.
Please, be kind to your curriculum and use gentle hands (as I tell my children). It will thank you for it by giving you many, many years of knowledge, through many children (saving you money!), and, most importantly, that wonderful little spine snap.
Do you love your books this much? Or am I the only crazed book geek?
PS. I promise to post more about Beast Academy soon! The series looks amazing!